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From: 2014.04.07 To: 2014.04.09
The first official races at Aintree, often considered of the greatest horse jump race, was organized by a syndicate, headed by the owner of Liverpool’s Waterloo Hotel, Mr. William Lynn. He leased the land from Lord Sefton, set out a course and built a grandstand. Lord Molyneux laid the foundation stone on February 7, 1829 and placed a bottle full of sovereigns in the footings. The first Flat fixture was held five months later on July 7. A horse called Mufti won the opening race, the one and a quarter mile Croxteth Stakes. Crowds of up to 40,000 people attended Aintree’s three meetings a year. Today these traditions continue when thousands come to enjoy the equestrian culture and the hospitality. While there don’t forget to enjoy the city that is Liverpool. From the delights of the city’s nightlife to celebrate your winnings, to the rural retreat of the sand dunes at Formby, make sure you book your accommodation in Liverpool and take your time sampling what makes it European Capital of Culture 2008.